COVID - 19 Update 20 March

Published: Friday, 20 March 2020 at 10:55:24 AM

MWPA update

Temporary Office ClosureOffice closure

In the interest of public health and safety, and to assist in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), both Marine Tce and Chapman Rd offices will be closed to the public from Monday 23rd March, until further notice.

 MWPA is still operational and office staff are still working and contactable by phone during office hours.

For general enquiries or emergencies, please call: (08) 9964 0520.

We thank you for your understanding during this situation  #practicekindness #flattenthecurve

Social distancing measures implemented

The practice of social distancing is important.  It is the most important factor we can control in the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mid West Ports is taking social distancing very seriously and as such has implemented the following protocols;

  1. All external meetings conducted via teleconferencing;
  2. Limiting numbers of all internal meetings and using technology where possible;
  3. Closed our offices to the general public to reduce exposure;
  4. Encouraging improved hygiene through the supply of hand sanitizer and face masks to all employees;
  5. Increased and heightened cleaning schedule of all work places;
  6. Any employee feeling or presenting unwell are sent home; and
  7. Inter and intra state travel only where critical.

All ships entering our port, including cruise ships;

  1. Have their passengers and crew screened by our Marine Team, regardless of if they have been screened by another port or company;
  2. Are to have no crew or passengers to have travelled to international ports in the 14 days prior (COVID-19 incubation period) to the ships arrival to Geraldton;
  3. Are required to complete and submit a Health Report by the ships master which is assessed by Biosecurity prior to accepting their request to berth in Geraldton; and
  4. Our pilots will only board a ship once the all clear is given by our Marine Team.  Once on board, if our Pilots detect any health concerns they have authority to return the ship to anchor for further investigation.  Emergency procedures in place are implemented immediately to reduce exposure of any illness to our Pilots, and immediate notification to State Government will occur.  To date this has not occurred.

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